Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday Weekend Windup {Here Comes Johnny Appleseed and more Fall Fun!}

Fall is here! Right now the weather looks FABULOUS for the weekend, so take advantage of one of these fun events:
ROAD TRIP: Party on the Pavement in Racine, Wisconsin. Party on the Pavement is one of our FAVORITE street festivals of the year! Amazing number of live music stages, art in action, kids activities, rides and more. Really a fun time for the family on September 26 12PM-7PM. See our fall weekend in Racine last year.

Friday, September 25
  • September 25 Family Bonfire, Northbrook YMCA, 6PM-8PM, sit around the bonfire making s'mores, karoake--parents vs kids contest, glow stick dance party, glow in the dark face paint, free!
  • September 25 Night at the Nature Center, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 7PM-9PM, meet a resident animal, check out artifacts usually safely tucked away, free
  • September 25-27 Apple Fest, Long Grove, apple treats, live music, kids activities and more, $5 pp, $8 pp Sat 6PM-10PM, kids 12 and under are free, see schedule
Saturday, September 26
  • September 26 Johnny Appleseed Festival, Crystal Lake, 9AM-4PM, meet Johnny, kids activities, craft fair, scarecrow decorating, pie eating contest, farmers' market and more, free admission, $1 tickets for rides.
  • September 26-27 Farm Heritage Festival, Lakewood Forest Preserve, Wauconda, 9AM-4PM, tractor parade, sheep herding demos, scarecrow making, tractor and farm machine show, $10 for adults, $5 seniors (62+) and kids (4-17), children 3 and under free, coupon on website
  • September 26 Smithsonian Free Museum Day at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, Elmhurst, (10AM-5PM) gems, gemstones, rocks, minerals, art, print tickets from Smithsonian
  • September 26 Air Show of Radio-Controlled Air Craft, Morrill Meadow, Palos Hills, 10AM-2PM, free
  • September 26 Open House Fire Station 13, Mt. Prospect, 10AM-2PM, visit with firefighters, see apparatus close up, visit from Sparky the fire dog, fire extinguisher training, free hot dog lunch and more, free
  • September 26 Family Day, Big Run Wolf Ranch, Lockport, 10AM-4PM, $6 pp, see resident animals including wolves
  • September 26 Family Fitness Day, Prairie Lakes, Des Plaines, 12PM-2PM, free
  • September 26 Nature Play Day, Crabtree Nature Center, Barrington, 12PM-3PM, visit the nature play area and learn new ways to play, free
  • September 26 Stories, Drumming and Singing of Native People, Busse Woods Grove 4, Rolling Meadows, 12PM-1PM, free
  • September 26-27 Barrington's White House Open House, Barrington, 12PM-4PM, come and see the new renovations made to transform this historic home into a community space, free
  • September 26-27  Theatre-Hikes: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), Morton Arboretum, 1PM, Theatre-Hikes are a great way to enjoy nature, a little exercise and theater! We have been to several theatre hikes and have enjoyed each of them! A theater experience like no other! The first Sunday of the month features a low impact hike. To learn a little more, read our post on Theatre-Hikes from last season! Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child for members, $20 and $10 respectively for non. Tickets include admission to the Morton Arboretum. Children under 2 are free.
  • September 26 Northbrook Autumn Fest, Meadowhill Park, Northbrook, 2PM-6PM, music entertainment, family fun, pumpkin crushing, hayride, inflatables, bonfire, live music, free!
  • September 26 Flight Fest, Glenview, Gallery Park, 2PM-8PM, model air plane demo, craft rockets, inflatables, live music, roaming entertainers, airbrush tattoos, tribute to veterans, more, see schedule, free admission, $8 wristbands, inflatables end at 6PM.
  • September 26: Vernon Hills Oktoberfest, 3PM-10PM,  kids crafts, inflatables, free pumpkin painting, free hay rides, live music, seems mainly like a fun family time but I didn't see mention of German food although food will be available, see website
  • September 26 Nature Play Afternoon, Camp Reinberg, Palatine, 4PM-6PM, play in the nature play area, learn about animals and plants, explore camping programs, go on a hike, free
  • September 26 Campfire and S'mores, Camp Reinberg, Palatine, 8:30PM-10:30PM, free, see website for more info
  • Also, Apple Fest in Long Grove  from above.
Sunday, September 27
  • September 27 JCC Fall Fest in Lake County, Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp, Lake Zurich, 10AM-12PM, hayride, petting zoo, check out a live bee hive, make your own kite, Israeli dancing and more, free!
  • Also, Apple Fest, Farm Heritage Festival, Barrington's White House Open House and Theatre-Hikes from above.

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